Libya Jewish leader goes home

I have a secret friend. He is Libyan. We communicate through Twitter DM  (Direct Message). I was suspicious of his motivations in the beginning and feared him. Over time, I have learned that he is a caring family man with a soft spot for the Jewish people. I won't mention his name here, so that he doesn't suffer any backlash from enemies of Israel. Today he sent me some hopeful news that Libya may be softening on their stand toward Jewish people, at least as far as visiting the country. Here is what was published today on Middle East Online, among other anti-Israel news. This is likely a puff piece and propaganda, but what is important here, and poignant, is what one Libyan man, who dares to be different, said after I asked him if it was a recent story:
"Yes, this was only last week. Just wait and you will see dramatic changes, well as we say " blood never turn to water,"  our beloved Libyan Jews will get back and  be compensated for every thing.  I'm happy for this. P.S. The departure was on 1967 before Gad'dafi came 2 power 1969."

Blog soup turns poisonous

Eager to prove myself and succumbing to flattery, I became a blogger with David Horowitz' NewsRealBlog. The entire story is not that complicated. I knew David Swindle from Twitter and was following him because he is an editor for David Horowitz. One day I received an email from Swindle, with an offer.

Conversation With Veteran Ken Jones on military suicides leads to discovery: plot to use 'veterans' magazine for viral online anti-Israel/Jewish hatred

The other night I watched NBC Nightly News and was terribly shocked by Brian Williams' story about military suicides. I thought about my Twitter friend Ken Jones, known as @akvet who is a fellow author. He has free ebooks for our troops and veterans. His Twitter bio says: Life After Combat and When Our Troops Come Home. He boldly and honestly speaks of his own experiences and trauma and is a dedicated warrior in the fight to help our veterans transition to civilian life.  I couldn't stop thinking about the military suicides and therefore sent Ken a tweet asking him about the situation. Here is part of our conversation...

Conversations With Naomi: Pamela Siegel Zarte

It is a pleasure to introduce my friend, Pamela Siegel Zarte, whose Twitter bio states: "Jewish vegetarian, aspiring chef and backyard naturalist, crazy about my family." In getting to know Pam I have seen a deeper part of her Jewish soul that is evidenced by her tweets and emails.

Fly On The Wall Recommends Some Books

In Our Hearts We Were Giants; The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe: A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust
by Yehuda Koren, Eilat Negev
 Carroll & Graf, Publishers:
"In this remarkable, never-before-told account of the Ovitz family, seven of whose ten members were dwarfs, readers bear witness to the best and worst of humanity and to the terrible irony of the Ovitz's fate: being burdened with dwarfism helped them to endure the Holocaust. Through dogged research and interviews with the youngest Ovitz daughter, Perla, the troupe's last surviving member, and other relatives, Israeli authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev weave the tale of a beloved and successful family of performers who were famous entertainers in Central Europe until the Nazis deported them to Auschwitz in May 1944. Descending into the hell of the concentration camp from the transport train, the Ovitz's--known widely as the Lilliput Troupe--separated from other Jewish victims. When Josef Mengele was notified of their arrival, they were assigned better quarters and provided more nutritious food than other inmates. The authors chronicle Mengele's experiments upon the Ovitz's and the creepy fondness he developed for these small people, even the songs he composed and sang to this family of singers, dancers, and klezmorim. Perla explains the irony of their survival in the hell that was Auschwitz: "If I ever wondered why I was born a dwarf, my answer would have to be that my handicap ... was God's only way to keep me alive." Finally liberated by Russian troops, the family returned to their deserted village in Transylvania and eventually found their way to a new home in Israel. They resumed their careers, overcame their handicaps, and became wealthy and successful performers. A unique book that is a powerful testament to the human spirit, In Our Hearts We Were Giants is a triumphant tale thatno reader will forget."